June 17 - Protests erupt in Syria despite a military crackdown and the announcement that a despised figure in the president's family is stepping down. Deborah Gembara reports.
In Syria --- a fresh wave of protests against the government. This comes despite a military crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad. Amateur video which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows protesters in the city of Homs, taking shelter from gunfire. Similar demonstrations are reported to have taken place throughout the country. Syria has been rocked by more than three months of protests. Much of that anger has been directed at this man -- Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the president. The billionaire tycoon runs the country's largest cellphone company and an airline. Protesters say he's a poster boy for corruption. On Thursday, he announced he is stepping down from his businesses to focus on charity. It's a move the government hopes we'll quell some of the unrest. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.